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23 April – 19 May

Part of the Freedom Burning season

Eclipsed

Book Tickets

Box office: 020 7229 0706

Running Time
  • 1H45 minutes
    
    

£10 Gatecrasher dates
  • Thu	23 Apr, 7.30pm 		
    Fri	24 Apr, 7.30pm 		
    Sat	25 Apr, 7.30pm 		
    Sat	02 May, 3pm 
    Wed 13 May, 3pm 
    Sat 16 May, 3pm 
    
    

Press night
  • Mon 27 April, 7pm

Captioned Performance
  • Thu 7 May, 7.30pm 

Young peoples night
  • Thu 30 Apr, 7.30pm 

Extension
  • Mon 18 May, 7:30pm
    Tues 19 May, 7:30pm

It’s best to work with the system, and right now -the system is war.
 
2003, civil war is raging in Liberia. At a rebel army base four young women are doing their best to survive the conditions of the war . Yet sometimes, the greatest threat comes not from the enemy’s guns, but from the brutality of those on your own side. With the arrival of a new girl, who can read, and an old one, who can kill, how might this transform the future of this hard-bitten sisterhood?

Funny, compassionate and daring, Eclipsed is as the Washington Post puts it, “a surprisingly vivacious portrait of helplessness”. 

Written by Danai Gurira

Directed by Caroline Byrne, The Gate's Associate Director 

Eclipsed is part of the Freedom Burning Season. 

Eclipsed Trailer from Gate Theatre on Vimeo.

              

 



Please note: Due to the nature of this performance latecomers will not be admitted.
Running time: 1hr 45min

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Until 19 May 2015

Mon - Sat 7.30pm
Sat 3pm 



"This is some of the most ambitious work yet seen in London’s most relentlessly ambitious theatre: a defiant cry wrestled into a considerable work of art."
Time Out


"powerful in more ways than one, a story in need of telling"
The Stage
 

"the cast of five is thrillingly full-blooded"
The Times


"a towering performance"
The Telegraph



"vibrant, often funny and heartbreaking drama"
The Guardian



"Gurira's writing is first class"
What's On Stage
 

"Beautiful, painful and utterly haunting Eclipsed is an experience that must be had."
The British Blacklist 

"Eclipsed is EXCELLENT"
Synonyms for Churlish


"Fiercely essential theatre"
There Ought To be Clowns


Eclipsed is part of the Jerwood Young Designers Programme, supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.
The Gate’s work is made possible by public funding from Arts Council England.

Additional production support from: Fenton Arts Trust, Fidelio, Mercers’ Trust.

Special thanks to Jon and NoraLee Sedmak.

We are deeply grateful for the faith in our work shown by our funders.

 

Danai Gurira is an award-winning playwright and actress. As a playwright, her works include In the Continuum (OBIE Award, Outer Critics Award, Helen Hayes Award), Eclipsed (Tony nominated for Best Play; NAACP Award;  Helen Hayes Award, Best New Play; Connecticut Critics Circle Award, Outstanding Production of a Play), and The Convert (six Ovation Awards, Los Angeles Outer Critics Award). Danai's new play Familiar received its world premiere at Yale Rep in 2015 and will premiere in New York at Playwrights Horizons in Winter 2016. All her works explore the subjective African voice. She is the recipient of the Whiting Award, is a former Hodder Fellow, and has been commissioned by Yale Rep, Center Theatre Group, Playwrights Horizons, and the Royal Court.

She is currently developing a pilot for HBO. As an actor, she has appeared in the films The Visitor, Mother of George, 3 Backyards, and the television show Treme, among others. She currently plays Michonne on AMC's The Walking Dead.

She is the co-founder of Almasi Collaborative Arts, which works to give access and opportunity to the African Dramatic Artist.
Letitia Wright plays Girl. This will be her professional stage debut. Her television credits include Cucumber and Banana; and for film, Glasgow Girls.
T’nia Miller plays Rita. Her theatre credits include Sick (Almeida Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (National Theatre) and Crowning Glory (Theatre Royal Stratford East). Her television credits include Cucumber and Banana; and for film, Babylon.
Joan Iyiola returns to the Gate to play Prudence and recent theatre credits include They Drink It In The Congo (Almeida), Omeros (Shakespeare’s Globe), Eclipsed and The Rise and Shine of Comrade Fiasco (Gate Theatre), Season in The Congo (Young Vic), The White Devil, Arden of Faversham, The Roaring Girl, The Orphan of Zhao, Boris Godunov and A Life of Galileo (RSC).

Television credits include New Blood
Michelle Asante returns to the Gate theatre to play Helena - she previously appeared in Sunset Baby. Her theatre credits include Wendy and Peter Pan (RSC), Feast (Young Vic/Royal Court), One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show (Eclipse Theatre, Sheffield Crucible/WYP), Ruined (Almeida Theatre), Torn (Arcola Theatre), Dirty Butterfly (Young Vic), The Bacchae (NTS/Edinburgh Festival/Lyric Hammersmith) and Oz (Caryl Jenner Productions/Unicorn Theatre). Her television credits include Doctor Who, Monroe, Harley Street and Midnight Man; and for film, Brand New-U, Verbo, Some Dogs Bite, London Boulevard, Heat and Sand Serpent.
Faith Alabi plays Maima.

This will be her professional stage debut. 

Recently graduated from Guildhall School of Music & Drama (2014)
Radio: Resident Presidents (BBC World Service)
TV: My Song (Film4)
 
Rebecca is a director and writer. She is Co-Artistic Director of the acclaimed Unbound Productions, was previously Director in Residence at the Almeida Theatre, and was an Ovalhouse Artist of 2014 as recipient of the Arts Manifesto: A Future for the Arts award. Her verbatim play Travesti won a Fringe First Award from The Scotsman and an Editor's Choice Award from ThreeWeeks Magazine at Edinburgh Festival 2014.
 
As director, theatre includes: Our Kingdom (Vaults Festival, rehearsed reading); Lysistrata: The Sex Strike (Almeida Theatre, rehearsed reading); Travesti (Pleasance Theatre); The Night (RADA Studios, rehearsed reading); Waifu (Southwark Playhouse); Timebomb: 48 Hour Plays (White Bear Theatre); Two Sisters (Southwark Playhouse); One Time Thing (Park Theatre); Half-Way (Ovalhouse).
 
As Associate Director: East is East (Jamie Lloyd Productions/ATG, UK Tour); Little Revolution; Our Town; The Fever (all for the Almeida).
 
As Assistant Director, theatre includes: Cymbeline (Sam Wanamaker Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe); Eclipsed (Gate Theatre); Tender Napalm (UK Tour/ Southwark Playhouse); World Enough and Time (Park Theatre); King Lear; Dido, Queen of Carthage (in rep, Greenwich Theatre); Oedipus (Blue Elephant Theatre).

Rebecca will be directing Iphigenia for The Iphigenia Quartet
As a performer, her theatre credits include: Here We GoAs You Like ItMedeaDeath and the King’s Horseman (National Theatre); The Tempest (Royal Shakespeare Company); The Bakkhai (Almeida Theatre); Dart’s Love (Tete-aTete Opera Festival); Zero (Clod Ensemble); Tamba Tamba (Tiata Fahodzi); Dalston Songs (ROH2 for Royal Opera House and Helen Chadwick Song Theatre); The Bacchae (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester); Six Characters in Search of an Author (Headlong); The Bacchae (National Theatre of Scotland, national tour and on Broadway); Fingerprint (ROH2 for Royal Opera House and The Shout); Mercy Fine in Mercy Fine (Clean Break); The Sleeping Beauty (Young Vic, Barbican and on Broadway); and Carmen Jones and Ain’t Misbehavin’ (WestEnd).

As a Voice & Dialect Coach. her credits include: Les Blancs and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (National Theatre), RADA, Arts Ed, Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, F*ck The Polar Bears (Bush Theatre); The Rolling Stone (Orange Tree Theatre and the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester); Eclipsed and The Rise & Shine of Comrade Fiasco (Gate Theatre); The Initiate (Paines Plough).

TV credits include: Judge John Deed and The Cambridge Spies. Short Films include: DatesThe Followed. Radio includes: Something UnderstoodDeath and the King’s Horseman.
Steffany George lived and worked in NYC for sixteen years performing as a contemporary dancer and choreographer for various theatre artist. She taught for ten years at Stella Adler Studio for Actors where she was a founding member of M.A.D.A.I.R. (Movement and Dance Artist in Residence) and The Harold Clurman Theatre Lab. Currently she is the Head of Movement at East 15 Southend on four distinct undergraduate courses; Physical Theatre, Acting and Stage Combat, World Performance, and Community Theatre. Steffany also works with Shane Dempsey for Fragments Theatre. 
Isabella is a Designer for Theatre, Dance, Opera and Screen and has worked extensively in theatre since graduating from Central St Martins in 2014. 

Recent credits include: 

As Designer- Blush of Dogs (Tabard Theatre), Low Level Panic (Etcetera Theatre), This is Living (Edinburgh Fringe), Then and Now (Camelot Films), Ghosts (UK Tour- Sell A Door), Orpheus and Eurydice (English Pocket Opera Company), Twelfth Night (RSC Dell), Cardenio (Rose Theatre Bankside) as well as designing for Resolution! Festival 2015 (Robin Howard Theatre, The Place), Tete-a-Tete 2014 (Platform Theatre), she has also designed events and developed performance pieces for Dance Umbrella 2014 (Central St Martins), White Mischief, The Royal Academy, Tate Modern and V&A Museum.

As Assistant Designer- Seussical the Musical (Arts Theatre), The Drowned Man- A Hollywood Fable (Punchdrunk), The Trench (Les Enfants Terribles) and has assisted a number of designers including Tom Scutt, Peter McKintosh, Holly Pigott and Samuel Wyer.
Michael is a Freelance Theatre Production Manager. He previously worked at the Young Vic Theatre as Technician and Production Manager for the Taking Part Department (2007 – 2013), where he production managed numerous projects with Young People, Schools, Local Community and Young Directors in the Clare and Maria Theatres.

Previous productions at The Gate: The Edge of Our Bodies; The Rise and Shine of Comrade Fiasco.

Recent productions include: Man (Young Vic); Flat Stanley (Engine House); Who Do We Think We Are? (Visible Ensemble); The Saints and The Best Christmas Present in the World (Nuffield Playing Field, Southampton); In Lambeth (Spell Bound Productions); Debris (Open Works); The Cutting of the Cloth, London Wall and What The Women Did (Two's Company Productions); Tutto Bene Mama, The Last Yankee and Ignis (The Print Room); Donny's Brain, Godchild, Fault Lines, The Blackest Black and In The Vale of Health (Hampstead Theatre); Early Days (Of a Better Nation) (for Coney at Battersea Arts Centre, Warwick Arts Centre & Frascati Theater Amstersam). 
 
George’s theatre credits include The Homecoming (Trafalgar Studios);
Primetime, Fireworks, Liberian Girl (Royal Court), Brave New World,
Regeneration (Royal and Derngate/ Touring Consortium), Harrogate (HighTide
Festival),Chicken (Eastern Angles/ Paines Plough), Image of an Unknown Young
Woman, Eclipsed, The Edge of our Bodies, Dances of Death (Gate Theatre),
Beautiful Thing (Arts Theatre/ UK Tour), A Breakfast of Eels, The Last Yankee
(Print Room),peddling (Arcola Theatre/ 59E59, New York/ HighTide Festival),
Visitors (Bush Theatre), Mametz (National Theatre of Wales), Minotaur (Polka
Theatre/ Clwyd Theatr Cymru), Spring Awakening (Headlong), The Island
(Young Vic), Love Your Soldiers (Sheffield Crucible Studio), Thark (Park
Theatre), Moth (Bush Theatre/ HighTide Festival), Hello/ Goodbye (Hampstead
Theatre), Liar Liar (Unicorn Theatre), Good Grief (Theatre Royal Bath/ UK Tour),
The Seven Year Itch (Salisbury Playhouse), When Did You Last See My Mother?
(Trafalgar Studios 2), The Living Room (Jermyn Street Theatre), Debris, The
Seagull, The Only True History of Lizzie Finn (Southwark Playhouse) and A Life,
Foxfinder (Finborough Theatre).
Mark studied, briefly, at Oxford University prior to training in Stage Lighting Design at RADA.
 
Previous lighting designs for the Gate: Christians, Image of an Unknown Woman, Edge of Our Bodies, Grounded, Purple Heart, Trojan Women, The Prophet, Yerma, Wittenberg, The Kreutzer Sonata, Vanya.
 
Other designs include:  The Tales of Hoffmann, Werther, Pelleas et Melisande, La Boheme, Wild Man of the West Indies, The Siege of Calais (English Touring Opera); Twelve Angry Men (Birmingham Rep & West End); Rodelinda (Scottish Opera); The Glass Menagerie (Nottingham Playhouse); The Patriotic Traitor (Park Theatre); Canvas (Chichester Festival); The Winters Tale, She Stoops to Conquer, An August Bank Holiday Lark, The Grand Gesture (Northern Broadsides); Brassed Off (York Theatre Royal); A Further Education, Elephants, Four Minutes Twelve Seconds, The Blackest Black, Ignorance (Hampstead Theatre); Pride and Prejudice the Musical, The Man Jesus, Uncle Vanya, Dockers, The Home Place (Lyric Theatre Belfast); Dancing at Lughnasa, Ghosts, Sweeney Todd (Aarhus Theatre, Denmark); Singin' in the Rain (Det Ny Teater, Copenhagen); Entertaining Mr. Sloane, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Absurd Person Singular, Molly Sweeney, Translations (Curve Theatre Leicester); The Ladykillers, Hitchcock Blonde (Hull Truck); Measure for Measure (Sherman Cymru); Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks (Vienna’s English Theatre); Bea, Pressure Drop, On Religion (On Theatre); Parallel The Suit, Parallel Electra (Young Vic); Dick Turpin's Last Ride, Cider with Rosie, The Merchant of Venice (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds); A Number (Salisbury Playhouse); Topless Mum (Tobacco Factory); The Pains of Youth (Belgrade Theatre).
 

Chiara Trained in Theatre and Performance Design at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. She graduated in 2008 with First Class Honours. She assisted Christopher Oram between 2008-2010 and then for the last four years has been Associate Designer to Es Devlin.


As Design Associate, Work includes: America Psycho The Musical (Almeida) Chimerica (Almeida) Miley Cyrus Bangerz World Tour. London 2012 Olympic Closing ceremony. Kanye West and Jay Z Watch the Throne Tour. Beatrice and Benedict (Theatre an der Wien); Cunning Little Vixen (Royal Danish Opera); Les Troyens (ROH); Master & Margarita (Complicite); Batman Live (World Tour) Don Giovanni (MET, New York); Madame Butterfly; Houston Grand Opera; Street Car Named Desire; Hamlet; Madame De Sade (Donmar Warehouse Wyndams Season) Sister Act The Musical (Palladium) Hairspray (European Tour)
As Designer work includes:  All’s Well That Ends Well (Abigail Anderson, PMA Theatre, Liverpool); Arcadia (Unity Theatre, Liverpool); The Massacre (Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds)


Chiara is currently working as associate Designer on the Rio Opening Ceremony for the Olympics for Es Devlin

Her credits include Leaving Home Party (Farnham Maltings), By Mr Farquhar (Waterside Theatre, UK City of Culture), Text Messages: Macbeth (Project Theatre), Shakespeare in a Suitcase (RSC, Co-directed with Tim Crouch), The Recovery Position (Lion and Unicorn), Twizzler Soaked Ecstasy, (SITI Co, Bernhard Theatre Studio), The Children (Embassy Theatre), Lab Run and Attempts on Her Life (Durham Theatre, Berkeley, USA). She was Assistant Director at Royal Court Theatre on Adler and Gibb, at RSC on Wendy and Peter Pan, and the international tour of King Lear. As Creative Associate at the Gate she assisted on Purple Heart and was Associate Director on Grounded. Byrne is an Education Associate Practitioner for RSC.

23 April – 19 May

Part of the Freedom Burning season

Eclipsed

Book Tickets

Box office: 020 7229 0706

Running Time
  • 1H45 minutes
    
    

£10 Gatecrasher dates
  • Thu	23 Apr, 7.30pm 		
    Fri	24 Apr, 7.30pm 		
    Sat	25 Apr, 7.30pm 		
    Sat	02 May, 3pm 
    Wed 13 May, 3pm 
    Sat 16 May, 3pm 
    
    

Press night
  • Mon 27 April, 7pm

Captioned Performance
  • Thu 7 May, 7.30pm 

Young peoples night
  • Thu 30 Apr, 7.30pm 

Extension
  • Mon 18 May, 7:30pm
    Tues 19 May, 7:30pm